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Advance at College

The Advance at College dual enrollment program is a unique initiative providing Philadelphia’s motivated and talented high school students with an early opportunity to take college-level courses and experience a college environment while still enrolled in high school or while actively pursuing a GED.

Upon completion, students will have an official college transcript on file which may be applied toward an associate degree at Community College of Philadelphia or transferred to another college or university.

Advance at College gives you several advantages:

  • opportunities to explore exciting academic and career paths in rapidly growing fields
  • a chance to experience college life through courses and interaction with faculty
  • a chance to meet other students and become familiar with the college environment
  • access to the College’s rich array of resources, such as the Library, Academic Computing Center, Learning Lab and Career Connections
  • an opportunity to prepare for college by taking credit or developmental education courses

Save on Tuition

In order to serve the community by expanding access to the Advance at College program, Community College of Philadelphia offers a significant reduction in tuition to eligible Philadelphia high school students. As an added incentive, the College waives fees for Advance at College students. Textbooks and instructional materials are not included.

Students may be eligible to take courses for free through Early Scholars: Learn more

Program Requirements

High school students must currently be in 11th or 12th grade, be motivated to take college-level courses while still in high school, and must demonstrate the academic ability and maturity necessary to succeed in a college-level course. Students must also take the College’s placement test and perform at a level indicating preparedness for the program’s coursework.


Please complete the Advance at College application online. After doing so you will receive several emails providing detailed steps for completing your application, including how to satisfy placement. After applying, please check your email regularly to avoid delays in processing your application.

Schools or organizations with questions about arranging group testing or cohort courses should contact the Advance at College program office.

For more information, please contact the Advance at College program office at advanceatcollege@ccp.edu.

Apply Today!  Advance at College Online Application

Important Dates and Deadlines for Spring 2023

September 2022

Spring 2023 Application open. New students may begin applying

November 1, 2022

Spring registration open for all students

December 22, 2022

Final deadline for completed application, FERPA and consent form, and placement for courses starting on 1/17/23 (15-week courses). New Students Only

January 5, 2023

Spring 2023 final registration deadline for 15 week courses. Please note the college will close at noon on 12/23 and reopen on January 3, 2023. Registrations cannot be processed during that time

January 11, 2023

Early Scholars intent form due for those seeking funding for 15-week spring courses

January 17, 2023

Spring 2023 term begins- 15-week courses

February 1, 2023

Final deadline for completed application, FERPA and consent form, and placement for courses starting on 2/14/23 (10-week courses). New Students Only.

February 6, 2023

Spring 2023 final registration deadline for 10-week courses

February 8, 2023

Early Scholars intent form due for those seeking funding for 10-week spring courses

February 14, 2023

Spring 2023 10-week courses begin

April 24, 2023

Final day of classes for Spring 2023

April 28-29, 2023

Final Examinations, Spring 2023